Paul Perry rates Tatoosh the most promising horse in his yard and he has the Australian Derby in his sights for three year old but he doubts he can beat His Majesty in tomorrow’s 100,000 Provincial Championship Qualifier (1350m) at Wyong.
“Kim’s horse has to be the one to beat, he looks to be a very good horse” Perry said.
“He was so impressive when he won at Newcastle, he just walked that race in.”
Tatoosh goes into the Qualifier first up almost as an after thought after he was balloted out of a race in Sydney.
Yet he is probably the best credentialed horse in the field with successive seconds at Group Three level, last preparation, in the Ming Dynasty, Newcastle Spring Stakes and Gloaming Stakes.
He ended that preparation with a ninth in the Group One Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick behind Vanbrugh but was still beaten only four lengths.
“He raced well last preparation and was probably a tad unlucky in a couple of those races,” Perry said.
“He has to have a start and when he missed the race in Sydney I put him in the Wyong race.
“He is fit enough and he won a trial at Wyong two weeks ago.
“If he wins he wins and I hope he does but otherwise we will look elsewhere with him.”
Tatoosh will have a new rider in Christian Reith, starts from barrier one and won his maiden first up at Wyong.